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ISO 9001:2015 – Strategy & Leadership


‘Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.’

Henry Ford

The next topic in our series of CMI supported END Result free CPD sessions to be held on Friday December 2nd 2016 at The Media Centre, Huddersfield, will be that of the proposed revisions to ISO 9001.

Technology, globalisation, risk awareness, complex supply chains and exponential information growth are a few examples of how the way we work has changed dramatically since the last major revision to ISO 9001 in 2000.

To ensure that ISO 9001 continues to serve the business community and maintain its relevance in today’s market place, the standard is being revised to address the changes in the business world with the key changes in the proposed standard being:

  • The emphasis on leadership
  • The focus on risk management
  • Emphasis on objectives measurement and change
  • Communication and awareness

Mike Brook of Brook Corporate Developments  well known for his significant expertise and experience in Business Planning & Strategy, Lean, Leadership, Coaching & Mentoring and Change Management, will open the first session on ISO 9001, it’s importance and the recent changes.

David Hodgson, MD at Automotive Electrical (Mirfield) Ltd and Chair of FSB Kirklees, will then discuss his recent experience of revisions and assessment to the latest standard.

Other inputs, time permitting, will include the role the EFQM model can play along with how strategy and leadership skills in organisations can be developed through CMI recognised programmes.

As ever we expect lively debate and discussion throughout and to continue the 100% endorsement of previous attendees that the facts and issues raised and discussed are of direct benefit to the organisations of those attending – which exactly supports our reasons for holding these events.

For more details contact David Broadhead –

Online booking through the CMI is at Non-members please use the Registration link to enter your details.

Time: 9.30 / 12.30 Friday December 2nd – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

EU Referendum – Facts, Fiction and Fantasy?

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”

― Michelle Obama

Following directly on from our CMI supported END Result free CPD session on Decision Making – Rational or Irrational will be a totally non-political workshop session where we can try and unpick and understand the facts, fiction and fantasy surrounding the current EU referendum situation.

Knowledgable guest presenters have been invited to explain some of the relevant facts, figures and fantasy with which we are regularly bombarded and so allow us to form our own opinions and hopefully help us make rational decisions or at best live comfortably with our irrational decision making!

Attendees are welcome to bring along their own research and findings and are encouraged to share it with the group. Also if anyone has an issue they would like us to research around in advance then please do so via David Broadhead at

As has proved popular in the past we will of course be continuing our discussions afterwards at a local hostelry adjacent to the railway station.

Registration details can be found at:

Time: 1.30 / 4.30 Friday June 10th – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

Decision making – rational or irrational?

“Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.”

― Peter F. Drucker

The next topic in our series of CMI supported END Result free CPD sessions to be held in Friday June 10th at The Media Centre, Huddersfield, will be that of Decision

This builds on the success of our two earlier sessions where we looked at issues raised by the CMI’s Learning to Lead report and then at Design & Systems

Our guest speakers will include Steve Gorton, well known for his CMI, AMBA and Open University contributions with others to be confirmed shortly.

As ever we expect lively debate and discussion throughout and to continue the 100% endorsement of previous attendees that the facts and issues raised and discussed are of direct benefit to the organisations of those attending – which exactly supports our reasons for holding these events.

Booking details can be found at:

Time: 9.30 / 12.30 Friday June 10th – The Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

The afternoon follow up session will then be EU REFERENDUM – FACTS, FICTION AND FANTASY, which builds nicely on the concepts discussed in this session.

2016 – Start of the Great Depression?

“You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt.”

— Daniel Hannan
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British managers have the gloomiest outlook for their organisations and the economy since 2012, according to the findings of Future Forecast 2015, CMI’s annual look-ahead survey.

On Friday 4th March we held a CMI supported END Result free 3 hr CPD session to discuss and debate just what the future could hold and how best we can prepare for it, both good or bad. Our headline speaker for this event was David Scott of Andrews Gwynne – Leeds. David is recognisable for his media profile and has appeared on BBC Breakfast Business News, Bloomberg, CNBC and national and regional evening news bulletins as an industry commentator.

Despite the heavy snow, there were sixteen attendees to listen to David’s expert analysis of the current situation along with David Broadhead’s update on reports recently issued by the CMI, the FSB (Q4 2015) and the Mid-Yorks Chamber of Commerce.

The general consensus after discussion, was that a severe financial correction is imminent without any real form of future financial safety-net being available, either nationally or globally. However, what will precipitate it and when are complete unknowns! In the meantime reducing personal and corporate debt whilst investing in gold might be wise precautions…….


Design & Systems Thinking

“When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.”

– Horace Walpole

CMI 130116Sustainable innovation is critical to organisational survival and growth, but is the way we think a help or a hinderance to it’s successful delivery?

On Friday 4th March we held a CMI supported END Result free CPD session to hear two guest speakers, Dave Mettam – International Consultant and Darren Evans – Design Director of The Engine Room, a leading strategic design and brand agency, enlighten us on Viable Systems and Design Thinking.

As ever there was lively debate and discussion throughout from the seventeen attendees who had battled through the heavy snow and atrocious weather conditions to attend. Feedback indicated that there was a 100% endorsement of the fact that the issues raised and discussed would be of direct benefit to the organisations of those attending – which exactly supports our reasons for holding these events.


Learning to Lead Digitally in the 21st Century

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Employers need to wake up to the opportunities of digital learning according to the latest research from the Chartered Management Institute.

“Many employers need to rethink how they go about helping their managers learn new skills. Just dumping textbooks onto smartphones is a dumb way to upskill managers. Managers want personalised bite-size content, to share knowledge and learn from connected peer networks, to ask questions and get feedback in real time. Why? Because it’s now part of how we work and live” says CMI chief executive Ann Francke.

Digital learning has great potential but what are the issues we need to consider?

15 managers from across all sectors attended the first of the 2016 series of free CPD ‘END RESULT’ events hosted by ourselves at The Media Centre, Huddersfield on Wed 13th Jan.

Following an overview of the need for and the skills required by 21st century leaders, David Broadhead went on to present the key findings from the report with both presentations leading to much informed debate and discussion. This was followed by working demonstrations of CMI’s Management Direct by Jim Craig and the collaborative learning platform Noddlepod by Ollie Gardener, again leading to an informative discussion session.

Our next event is on Friday 4th March.

Free Management CPD Events in Huddersfield

‘Productivity is 21% lower than that of the rest of the G7’

CPD Session– Office for National Statistics

Time wasted by poor management could be costing the economy as much as £19bn a year’

– Dept Business, Innovation & Skills

As part of our commitment to improving the quality of leadership and management across our region, we are running quarterly FREE CPD workshop days here at the Media Centre, Huddersfield HD1 1RL, for those professionals interested in developing their knowledge and understanding in this area. (CPD certificates for 3 hours will be provided to those professionals requiring them).

Diarize these dates, all Fridays – 4th March (am), 4th March (pm), 10th June, 9th September & 2nd December 2016 – the only catch is you buy your own coffee!

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Managing a Multi-Generational Workforce – Workshop

Media Centre – Huddersfield – Friday 25th September
Organisations today potentially have five generations of employees working within them. Do both your leadership style and HR policies inspire them all, or switch four fifths of them off?
This is a thinking and discussion session arranged for organisational leaders and HR practitioners who want to understand how they can lead and sustain high performance through an engaged, multi-generational workforce.


Funding Options

dreamstime_s_12878353MP’s have backed a call for increased awareness of the business support available for small businesses at the launch of the CMI’s Growing Your Small Business. Speaking at a launch event in the House of Commons, Labour Co-operative MP Barry Sheerman said good management was vital for the future success of the country, and welcomed the report.

“Management is absolutely crucial, and our time has now come to rise to the challenge that we have in terms of productivity in this country. We need more managers, better management training and more accessible management training – this report tells us we need that.”

Time and cost were key barriers to training and identified by David Broadhead of Partners in Management in the report and as such the ‘21st Century Leaders‘ programme has been designed to develope the attitudes, knowledge and skills necesary in an increasingly challenging and competitive business world, in both a time and cost efective way.

To reduce costs even further there are now various funding options available, both within Kirklees and also the Leeds City Region which was a case study in the report. Therefore:

  • We are pleased to confirm that Partners in Management is registered to deliver training for the LEP skills service.
  • Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched a service that provides skills support to small and medium sized businesses.  The LEP skills service helps businesses to identify their skills needs based on their business growth objectives and then find the right training solution. Small and medium sized businesses based in the Leeds City Region that have a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000. To find out more about the the LEP skills service and apply visit:
  • Kirklees Metropolitan Council operates a Working Smarter Voucher scheme worth up to £1000 for eligible businesses within the Kirklees area.
  • The types of training courses that could be eligible for the Skills fund include our ‘21st Century Leaders‘ programme.  Please note that all service skills and voucher applications are subject to approval panels and are assessed on a case by case basis.

Please contact us to find out more about our ’21st Century Leaders’ course and 50% funding options.